Meaning of CAPTAIN in English
/ ˈkæptɪn; NAmE / noun , verb
the person in charge of a ship or commercial aircraft :
The captain gave the order to abandon ship.
an officer of fairly high rank in the navy, the army and the US air force :
Captain Lance Price
—see also group captain
the leader of a group of people, especially a sports team :
She was captain of the hockey team at school.
an officer of high rank in a US police or fire department
[ vn ] to be a captain of a sports team or a ship
late Middle English (in the general sense chief or leader ): from Old French capitain (superseding earlier chevetaigne chieftain), from late Latin capitaneus chief, from Latin caput , capit- head.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005